After two years of speculation, planning and debate, the LIV Golf Invitational Series kicks off this week, where 48 players will play at Centurion Club for the inaugural event in Hertfordshire.
While all eyes will be on the action at Centurion, the series returns in less than a month – this time, on another continent. The Greg Norman-led series will return to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon from July 1-3, 2022.
Pumpkin Ridge is a course designed by Robert Cupp who is no stranger to major championships and prestigious amateur golf; although it only opened in 1992. Pumpkin Ridge hosted the 1996 USA Amateur Championship, where 20-year-old Tiger Woods won his unprecedented third consecutive title against Steve Scott on the 38th hole.
This week also set the U.S. Amateur Championship attendance record after 65,353 people descended on the plains region of northern Oregon to witness the birth of one of golf’s superstars.
Pumpkin Ride has also hosted the US Women’s Open twice, in 1997 and 2003. Three-time major champion Nancy Lopez has described the final hole as her favorite hole in the world.
Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are perhaps the most prominent names in the LIV Golf Series field at Centurion, but they are joined by Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.
The LIV Golf Series schedule could intensify further following reports that the American duo, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, have committed to the series with Portland as a likely location for their debut.
Portland will also be the first LIV Golf Series event held on American soil, with the PGA Tour having to deny its players permission to play and follow official sanctions. This news could be met with responses similar to those we have seen recently, additional resignations or formal legal action.